We here at Oxide believe in helping good things happen in our community. When possible, we try to offer deep discounts to non-profits with whom we’d be an excellent fit. Among the criteria for our evaluation of applicants for this discounted work is whether or not we believe we can bring real value to the organization and the project at hand.

We want to work with organizations that understand this value and will grant us a certain level of creative latitude, trusting our expertise and hearing out our reasonings for our design decisions. This does not mean we expect to have unquestioned authority over all your creative work. We just want to know that you trust us and value our input, because we only want to partner with your organization if we believe we can actually help you.

If this is you, please fill out the application below. We generally work with one pro bono client at a time, so even if we cannot begin work immediately, we may be able to help you in the future and are always accepting applications. These questions help us determine whether or not we can be valuable to you or not, so please answer these questions thoroughly. You’ll hear from us in a timely manner as to whether or not we believe we’re the best fit for your needs.

Our manifesto

The design process is complex, unpredictable, and personal. Over the years, we’ve kept track of why our most successful projects succeeded (and why our failures failed). This is the result of that study, and it’s our best assurance yet that we’re all working toward the same solution.

Oxide is a communications and information design firm.

We design to solve problems, realize meaningful change, help people, and make sense of the world.

Design is collaborative.

  1. It’s essential that everyone trust each other’s expertise.
  2. Decision-makers must always be a part of the process.
  3. The best solutions are often the least expected.
  4. Sometimes there’s only one best solution.
  5. We share the same goal: solving the problem as you’ve defined it.

Design is valuable.

  1. It’s essential that everyone be invested in the process.
  2. Our livelihood is design, so we can’t design for nothing.

Design is good.

  1. Design can solve problems.
  2. Design can realize meaningful change.
  3. Design can help people.
  4. Design can make sense of the world.

  • Who are you, what do you do, why should anyone care about you?
  • We want to know why this organization is compelling to YOU.
  • While the design process is best with a limited number of people, anyone with veto power must be actively involved.
  • e.g. Do you need a new logo or website? Need to clarify your overall brand? Are you about to run a specialized campaign?
  • We’re looking for both tangible and intangible. Do you expect to get XX people to sign up for your newsletter? Are you hoping for more brand recognition around town? Spell these out for us.
  • Help us understand what your organization has been using for design and/or materials out in the world. And share what issues have come up, what problems are not being solved, or what you wish was different. What IS working for you?
  • What problem is being solved with this design?
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  • What do you have earmarked for design? Are there goods, services, or opportunities for recognition you could provide in exchange for design? What is your budget for implementation?